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Understanding the (Y) in a Multi-Generational Fire Service Workforce!

Hello FE Community.


Thought of the Day -  We have all been through numerous administrations in our fire service careers.  "Given all things equal within an organization, same fire department, same dedicated men and women protecting our citizens, it is the Level of Leadership that sets that same organization greatly apart...."  FETC


The guys here at Tap the Box have tackled a subject that is happening everyday in the firehouse! Trying to understand the (Y).  Thanks to advances in health care / medical screening, prevention, and medicine we are seeing our population live longer... so much so that there is an unprecidented (5) generations in this great country today (4) of which are currently working in the fire service. 


This is what we have dubbed "caught sleeping" in the firehouse... you see nobody has developed a program to address the complexities of leading in a multi-generational fire service workforce.  This dynamic has created much friction for current fire service leadership to deal with "the new kid" or "the old guy" in between runs, on a day-to-day basis.  If your leadership doesn't understand it... they will damage relationships within an organization and it can become TOXIC.



That said, we at Tap the Box did a one hour radio show on understanding the different generations, so you can adapt your delivery. Regardless of if you are teaching a class or leading a multi-generational workforce as an officer, it is all about capturing your audience, providing direction and leading them into the future!


Remember in the end, to feel good about yourself we should strive to leave the fire serivce better than we found it...



Take care and stay safe.

Billy Greenwood


Fire Emergency Training Consultation Services

Tap the Box on Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio


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